On the morning of July 31, the FBI, IRS, and the US Secret Service have arrested a 17-year-old boy named Graham Clark in Tampa, Florida.
According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), three individuals have been charged for alleged roles in the recent Twitter's hack.
Clark reportedly was the "mastermind" of the hack, as a result of which the attackers managed to gain access to over 125 Twitter accounts pertaining to celebrities, musicians, and politicians.
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At the moment, the detainee is in jail and is being charged with more than 30 felonies.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren says the crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the primary victims.
"This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida," Warren added.
In addition to Graham, DOJ has brought charges against two more suspects — 22-year-old Nima Fazeli, aka "Rolex," 22, of Orlando, Florida and Mason Sheppard, aka "Chaewon," 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom.
According to US Attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson, Sheppard is facing a statutory maximum penalty of 45 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for hacking a computer, while Fazeli is facing 5 years in prison.
The hackers are alleged to have created a scam bitcoin account, to have hacked into Twitter VIP accounts, to have sent solicitations from the Twitter VIP accounts with a false promise to double any bitcoin deposits made to the scam account, and then to have stolen the bitcoin that victims deposited into the scam account.
As alleged in the complaints, the scam bitcoin account received more than 400 transfers worth more than $100,000.
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